Statement about the Terrorist Attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City

January 31, 2017

As Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you) Honourable Senators, I rise before you today in shock, sadness and horror over the massacre which took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday in Quebec City. In a targeted act of terror and…

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Statement in the Senate Chamber on Islamophobia

December 8, 2016

On December 7th, during Senator’s Statements in the Senate Chamber, I spoke about the growing issue of Islamophobia in Canada and other Western countries. Honourable senators, I came to this country as a young bride to join my husband, who had moved here as…

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Statement regarding ongoing human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

November 18, 2016

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to you about the plight of the Rohingya minority living in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Rohingya have been part of the Myanmar landscape for centuries, where they lived in peaceful coexistence with the…

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Inquiry speech: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

October 18, 2016

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. Senator Fraser has highlighted the extraordinary work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the work of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians…

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Statement on Ramadan

June 7, 2016

Ramadan Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise to speak to you today about the holy month of Ramadan, which began yesterday. Ramadan is a time of great importance in the Muslim faith because it was when the Quran was revealed, one…

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Statement on Recent Attacks of Terrorism in Pakistan

April 13, 2016

Honourable Senators,   I debated whether or not to rise and share with you the unspeakable horrors that have taken place in Pakistan this year. I thought long and hard about whether I should speak in the Chamber once more about death,…

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Canadian Response to the Crisis in Syria

May 27, 2015

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, the crisis in Syria has been going on for five years and counting. Nearly 4 million people have fled the country and over 7 million people have been internally displaced by the violence. The United Nations estimates…

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Statement on Peshawar Attack

December 16, 2014

Honourable senators, I have stood before you and wept for the girls and women of Pakistan and have tried to control myself, but today I weep openly for the children of Peshawar. This morning in my hometown of Peshawar in northern Pakistan,…

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Tribute to Senator Seth

December 3, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise to bid farewell to my good friend and colleague, Senator Asha Seth. As a fellow senator of South Asian origin, I am proud to have Senator Seth here as an active representative of the Indo-Canadian…

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Ending Violence Against Girls in the Asia-Pacific

October 1, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, 700 million women alive today were married as children; 120 million girls are subject to sexual violence worldwide; and nearly 50 per cent of all adolescent girls think a husband is justified in hitting his partner. Honourable…

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